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Missouri first lady Teresa Parson tests positive for COVID-19

Austin Huguelet Springfield News-Leader
Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson, left, and Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of Western Governors University-Missouri, present a $25,000  Milken Educator Award in January to Oakland Middle School teacher Melissa Fike, center. Teressa Parson has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office confirmed Wednesday.

Missouri first lady Teresa Parson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokeswoman for the governor's office said Wednesday.

The result came from a rapid test, communications director Kelli Jones said, which isn't always accurate.

A follow-up test with more accurate technology is set to come back later this afternoon.

Jones said Parson presented mild symptoms — "a sniffly nose and a little cough" — and took a test to be safe.

Gov. Mike Parson is also being tested, though Jones said he feels fine and has not shown any symptoms.

Teresa Parson has been a highly visible presence alongside the governor at public events, where he regularly introduces her to applause.

She recently accompanied the governor to a Greene County Republican Party barbecue over the weekend and to the first day of the Payne's Valley Cup on Tuesday, where Tiger Woods and others inaugurated a course near Branson honoring Springfield native Payne Stewart.

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